Santa Cruz is an activist nirvana. If you’re looking to get involved in a social issue and can’t find a group working on it here, it probably doesn’t exist.  Fuel your sense of community by getting involved!

Check out this list of local non-profits working to make a positive difference:


Transition Santa Cruz:

Organic Farming Research Foundation:

Save our Shores:


Slow Food Santa Cruz:

Resource Conservation District of SC County:

Pachamama Alliance:

Pluck Flastic:

Ecology Action:

People Power:

Santa Cruz Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF):

Resource Center for Non-Violence:

Barrios Unidos:



Second Harvest Food Bank:

Homeless Garden Project:

Lightfood Industries:

Sierra Club Santa Cruz County Group:

Ecological Landscaping Association:

SC Community Water Coalition:

100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz:

Santa Cruz County Meals on Wheels:

M.O.M.S. Moms Offering Moms Support:

Environmental Cleanup Coalition:

Island Conservation:

Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley:

Indy Bay:

Subrosa Community Space:

Surfrider Foundation:

Seymour Marine Discovery Center:

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz:

Friends of Arana Gulch:

Submit information on additional local activist organizations